Vittorino Curci

Conchiglie per Dimore Ingannevoli

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A curious album from almost any perspective, saxophonist Vittorino Curci displays an uncanny ability to produce an encyclopedic medley of squeaks, squawks, and other noise/sounds associated with free improvisation. Curci is comfortable on alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones, and he also throws in whistles, hoses, and a megaphone for good measure. He keeps up the listener's interest with 16 generally short solo tracks. The saxophonist has absorbed the advances of Evan Parker and others, but he is no copycat. Instead, he forges his own ground. While at times the recording flags a touch, Curci does a remarkable job of incorporating a wide range of sound, including some of a slightly more traditional nature. Each CD is encased in unique cardboard packaging tied by a string -- a work of art worth the price of admission.